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All Things Footie | Monday, September 16 | Jordan

Apologies

To Newcastle fans. In mentioning the abundance of great European games coming up this week I completely neglected to mention Newcastle's daunting trip to Dynamo Kiev on Wednesday. Though it will probably not be as great a spectacle as the other games involving English clubs, mainly due to the travel, weather and the recent slump in form.

I'm sure I'm not alone when I express my astonishment at the bare-faced cheek of the Football Association regarding Thierry Henry's ‘elbowing’ incident at the Valley on Saturday.

A fortnight ago Andy D'Urso refused to allow anyone to look at Patrick Vieira's second yellow card again, despite the other player involved saying he kicked the Arsenal player and the incident being identical to one for which a player had his card rescinded (against Arsenal) a fortnight earlier. Now, two days after England captain David Beckham clearly elbows Lee Bowyer and escapes punishment, Arsenal's Thierry Henry looks like he'll be charged for an incident that I for one have yet to see any evidence of. I don't care what the rules are for the video advisory panel, they are a shambles and should be disbanded or bloody well sorted out by someone with half a brain (which unfortunately rules out the entire FA staff).

“I think the FA should get on with something else and maybe not worry about an incident that wasn't there.”

— John Robinson (the alleged elbowee)

On a side note I feel compelled to tell everyone that I bumped in to no other than nomadic striker Nicolas Anleka tonight, in the midst of an after work trip to the supermarket. For the interested amongst you he was dressed head to toe in ‘Sean Jean’ (P. Diddys clothing label) and was deep in conversation with someone at the Deli counter who looked remarkably like Patrick Truman from Eastenders (or more like Pork Pie from Desmonds if you can remember that far back).

He scared the life out of me when I looked up from my basket and had this unsettling flash of recognition strike me dumb. He was obviously a little bemused too, as a similar look overtook his face (minus the recognition) and stopped his conversation. Nobody else seemed bothered that a footballer on whom nearly £60m has been spent in his short career was standing about scratching his arse in Sainsburys. No sign of his brothers though — they were probably doing his shopping.

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